Antikythera Mechanism | Theory Of Irony

In October of 1900, Captain Dimitrios Kondos sailed into a worsening storm, the kind which survivors regale while guzzling ouzo in Mediterranean seaport bars.  He commanded a fishing vessel making for home, but wind and waves now rose to threaten his boat, his crew and his life.  Kondos knew from experience that off the Greek coast sat an island called Kythera and beyond that a smaller island with the almost mythical name of Antikythera, a virtual pinpoint of stone in an eternity of angry blue.  He figured, as had sailors for eons, that the sheltering side of the island would give a fighting chance, if only the waves did not grind his boat against the rocks.  There, the Captain rode out the passing maelström and vowed to make the best of a bad situation by diving for sponges after the gale abated.

When this came to pass, Dimitrios Kondos watched things go from bad to worse.  He sent a deckhand down in a canvas diving suit and old-fashioned helmet, but no sooner had the man touched the sea floor than a tug on the line signaled an emergency – what now?  Kondos hoisted up a completely different soul, this one a panicked lunatic ranting about ghostly remains of men and horses haunting the sea bed.  The Captain had seen this too, the result of oxygen depletion while…

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4 thoughts on “Antikythera Mechanism | Theory Of Irony

  1. I watched a documentary on the BBC about this artifact. It was called something like ‘The First Computer’. It is a fascinating and complex piece of craftsmanship, and as the article states, still has further secrets to reveal.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • There are some great sources out there on the Antikythera Mechanism, but one avenue is to go to and enter that in the search field. Some hyper-intelligent folks, who probably have way too much spare time, have made superb reconstructive models and videos. Wikipedia is not scholarly, but it is a good place to start. Also, recently announced that a world-class underwater archeology team will soon revisit the wreck. – Erik Von Norden (Theory of Irony)

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